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There are many cultural phantoms that we must face as we write and read in todays society Adrienne Rich author of an article titled When We Dead Awaken Writing as Re-Vision tells us of a gender phantom who prevented the development of her writing To this day gender inhibits female creativity but in this day and age so does sexual orientation Today readers are not only affected by an authors gender but by whom a writer decides to love For gay and lesbian writers this is continually a hindrance As if being a female writer was not difficult enough now a woman must worry about her sexuality getting in the way of success Adrienne Rich tells us that because she was a typical housewife in the 1950s her writing was restricted She explains that even when she started writing she wrote to please her father or rather not to displease him Men and women have been assigned specific gender roles through socialization Kimmel1987 The Role of Casual Attributions in Competitive Situations Rich blames the times for her inability to overcome her creative blocks In an article called Professions for Women Virginia Woolf calls this sort of block her angel one that peers over her shoulder telling her to conform to male society Rich uses this angel to describe how she felt when she tried to write for anyone else but herself Rich explains that because of this type of repression today much poetry by women- and prose for that matter- is charged with anger Due to this repression society often decides that an opinionated woman equals a bitch Even more so lesbians are considered to have an attitude because they express different views Their work is not allowed to be published they are subjected to sexual discrimination and sometimes even name-calling Some publishers automatically assume that a lesbian writer is going to be a man hater On the contrary a group
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